History of Public Health OpenCourseWare: Free Undergraduate Level Public Health Course by Johns Hopkins University

Published Jan 13, 2009

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'History of Public Health' focuses on the dynamics of preventing disease and extending life spans through organized methods of promoting health in individuals and populations. It is a free OpenCourseWare offered by Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. By examining public heath as it relates to modern society and from a populations perspective, this course considers how society acts collectively to prevent the production and transmission of disease. The information provided in this course will be helpful to anyone interested in public health, including health care practitioners, researchers or students enrolled in degree programs, like the Bachelor of Science degree in Health Management.

History of Public Health: Course Specifics

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History of Public Health: Course Description

This 'History of Public Health' is an OpenCourseWare based on several lectures delivered by instructor Graham Mooney, Ph.D., of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. His thematic approach allows students to investigate public health issues and make comparisons across timeframes as well as regions of the world. For example, the lectures on quarantines investigates various definitions of quarantine, its importance to public health and how quarantines were used throughout history to battle the plague in Italy during the 14th through 16th century and China and Australia in the late 19th and early 20th century. It also examines the role of quarantine during the cholera outbreak that occurred in New York in the late 1890's. Other lectures that cover additional topics, including vaccinations, workplace health issues, professionalism in public health and public health issues in the home and school environments. Students who complete this free course will not only understand important events that have occurred in the field of public health, but also how to learn from the past and use the lessons learned by earlier public health professionals to formulate solutions for today's public health challenges.

The course materials include lecture notes that are available in an MP3 format that can be downloaded and a list of reading materials required for the course. If you would like to take this free class, visit the history of public health course page.

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